Calling All Nerdblogs: What’s Your True Geek Confession?
I got to know her through her movies, and didn’t end up reading the books. This may have influenced how I viewed her. Also I was very young and didn’t know what cynical meant. I was open minded and inspired by her adventures.
She really did have, what I thought anyways, these amazing adventures, and she didn’t fit in with the norm, and was always in trouble with school, but damn me if I didn’t think she was the coolest kid on the block. I grew up with kind of red hair. Not flaming red, but enough to be an outcast for it. And here there was this girl with flaming red hair who wore it in two braids sticking out from the side of her head, and you know what, she had it made. She lived on her own. She had two really good friends. She was always having adventures. She was super strong and could lift a horse over her head. I learnt that sugar came in cubes from her movies. Her adventures as a pirate are part of the inspiration for why I wanted to grow up and be a pirate as a kid. I went out for Halloween one year as Pippi Longstocking Pirate. My mom braided my hair around a coat hanger, and when some teenagers asked her how she did it, she told them it was hair spray. I thought that was the wittiest thing I had ever heard, of course only after she had to explain it to me.
Pippi Longstocking, had well really neat longstockings. They were stripped and went up to her thighs. Of course as a kid I wasn’t into this kind of fashion thing, but looking back on it, she had some crazy awesome style. That girl marched to the beat of a completely different band, each instrument playing it’s own music.
Pippi Longstocking was brave and bold, and she was everything I wanted to be when I grew up. She had confidence and she wasn’t afraid of a challenge. Authority did not intimidate her, and she always tried to do right by her friends, who she dragged through her trouble. She was good times. I don’t know if I want to re-watch the movies, because I don’t want adult me ruining child me’s perspective on her. She’s perfect in my mind, and that is all I need. When the world gets tough, find your own path and don’t be afraid.